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Kimberly Williams-Paisley & Tammy Blanchard give strong performances as bereaved women who struggle mightily to cope with their own personal tragedies. Williams-Paisley portrays the grief-stricken Amish mother of a 14-year old daughter who is gunned down by a deranged shooter in a small Amish schoolhouse. Blanchard plays the role of the wife of the killer who discovers too late her husband's heinous plot.
Although the film is based on an incident that occurred in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania a few years ago, it is not a docudrama. Rather it focuses more on the tragic and traumatic effects of the killings on one of the Amish families and on the family (mostly the wife) of the shooter. The interplay of the 2 main characters and their contrasting families illustrate one of the major themes of the film, the profound, paradoxical impact of forgiveness.
The Amish family itself is divided in its efforts to cope with the outrageous killing of one of their daughters. Williams-Paisley convincingly portrays the intense gamut of emotions, such as grief, hatred and outrage that any mother would feel. Her reactions sharply conflict with those of her husband, who anguishes (mostly in private) over his own suffering and the extraordinary effort required to genuinely forgive the killer in Christ-like fashion.Read more ›
The powerful message of forgiveness is something for us all; how we should forgive each other when
offended in any way! It is a command from God himself & right here proved how the Amish put God first
in their life even when someone murders their little children!! Wow...only with the help of God could
you actually forgive someone like that. Take time & watch this if you haven't already.
However, living among the Amish as I do, and having been in an Amish home, I found it hard to get past the unrealistic acting and scenery. The actors, especially the fictional main character, were so American English, that I had to work to get past their presentation to grasp the real message. The house of the Amish family in this film was a far stretch from the simple, plain homes with the smell of wood burning that are true Amish. Who came up with the idea of the fancy boots on the girls in the beginning of the movie? Knowing real Amish, I cannot imagine them ever sporting such fancy things.
I am interested to read a book on this event now. I hope to find one that doesn't deal in fiction but with the Amish as I know them and admire so much.
The movie is a great reminder to forgive others. In case the shooting scene worries you, it is not shown. It is handled dimplomatically.
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I saw this movie at a friend's house before ordering it. It's beautiful, deeply moving and inspiring! The ending scene was especially touching and brought tears to my eyes! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was sooo well done. Looked it up after and it doesn't follow the true story exactly, but still the way the movie moves you through the events makes it so inspiring and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Nuttall
Great movie that shows a positive side of Amish life. A true-life tragedy that inspired a community and showed the good that comes from true forgiveness. A must see.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Demonstrates how the love of God, and forgiveness, triumphs over hate and revenge! Based on a true event (school shooting), this is very well acted. The story is awesome!Published 3 months ago by Ron